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My Approach to Therapy

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I am a client-centered cognitive therapist.  My approach is to accept you where you are without judgement.  I am interactive and offer my opinions when it feels appropriate.  I see our system of beliefs as the core of our world.  True change comes at this level. 

My perspective on gender identity falls in the category of nature.  Working with gender-variant people has taught me that we are born with a gender identity intact, and our environment either supports or represses it.  People who grow up with cross-gender identities struggle for emotional survival.  Some take their natural identity and hide it while doing their best to be the person they are told they should be.  Others boldly challenge gender expectations only to suffer the criticism and rejection of peers and/or family when gender norms are crossed.  How people deal with a cross-gender identity varies from person to person so I do not mean to suggest everyone falls into these two categories.  In fact, I am seeing a shift in the age of people dealing with gender.  Twelve years ago I only worked with adults, today I am seeing more and more teenagers.  Parents are stepping out and getting help for themselves and their gender dysphoric child.  That is the dream of most every client I have worked with.. acceptance of parents, friends and lovers... but as the old saying goes... you can not accept love from others until you love yourself.  That's where I come in.

 

We Never Stop Learning

I use not only all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
-Woodrow Wilson 

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Some of my favorite theorists

  • Carl Rogers
  • Viktor Frankl
  • Albert Ellis
  • William Glasser
  • Harry Benjamin